Aromatic Blends for May
Aromatic Blends for May

Welcome to May! Each month throughout 2018, I will be giving you three blends (one each for physical, emotional, and spiritual issues), based upon the season and/or month. I hope that it will introduce newcomers to the world of aromatherapy to purse more aromatherapy studies, and for those who already have an interest in aromatherapy, I hope that it encourages you to learn more! Happy blending!

Breathe Easy Diffuser Blend

Emotional.

This is a blend which could be used at any time of the year, although I’ve included it in the month of May blends. It is a diffuser blend which can help in times of emotional stress and trauma, and bring you back to the present. You can also adapt it to be used as an inhaler blend. This recipe makes approximately 3 ml of blend.

Essential Oils Chosen: Sweet orange: To remind you of the joy in life; Vetiver: To soothe the soul of shock and trauma; Sandalwood: To ground and calm.

  • 50 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

  • 20 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) essential oil

  • 20 drops sandalwood (Santalum album) essential oil

How to Use:

Mix the essential oils together in a glass bottle with an orifice reducer. Add between 5 and 10 drops to a suitable aromatherapy diffuser. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for use.

Cautions for Use:

Avoid diffusing around those who are pregnant, young children and babies, and pets. Diffuse in a well-ventilated space.

Maia Perfume Blend

Spiritual.

Maia is an ancient Roman goddess of spring and ushers in positivity and growth to the month, as plants begin to flourish. Create this simple aromatic perfume blend and remind yourself that all things are possible with growth!

5% dilution.*

Essential Oils Chosen: Cypress: For its earthy, woody aroma; Geranium: For its light rose-like, spring aroma; Rose: For the headier days of summer ahead.

  • 0.33 oz. jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil

  • 5 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil

  • 7 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

  • 2 drops rose (Rosa x damascena) essential oil

* This is a higher dilution than is usually recommended for aromatherapy use, although you will find a higher dilution rate among perfume blends. If irritation occurs, stop use immediately.

How to Use:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.* Pour the blend into a 0.33 oz roller ball bottle. Make sure to attach the roller ball firmly. Cap. Apply to wrists and temples as needed.

*Due to the small number of drops required for a single blend, you may prefer to first fill up the roller ball bottle with the required amount of jojoba oil, and then drop each essential oil individually into the oil. Once the roller ball is attached and capped, shake vigorously to combine the blend.

Dare to Bare Aromatic Body Lotion

Physical.

It is the time of year when thoughts turn to shorts and T-shirts and subsequently more skin is on show. Prepare your skin with some beneficial soothing lotion that you can use all summer long.

Essential Oils Chosen: Lemon: For its astringent properties; Melissa: For its minty edge to skincare; Lavender: For skin to be proud of.

2% dilution.

  • 4 oz. light white, unscented, base lotion*

  • 12 drops distilled lemon (Citrus x limon) essential oil

  • 21 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

  • 3 drops melissa (Melissa officinalis) essential oil

*Use a pre-made base lotion available from good cosmetic suppliers or make your own. Just make sure that it is light fo summer use.

How to Use:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Pour the finished product into a 4 oz. jar or dispensing bottle. Apply a small layer of the blend all over the body daily.

Cautions for Use:

Use distilled lemon essential oil to avoid any potential photo-toxicity problems which expressed lemon essential oil may produce. Discontinue use if sensitivity occurs.

Learn About Aromatherapy

To learn more about how aromatherapy blends are used in aromatherapy practice, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!

  • The author of this article has a 23 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.

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